Going Green at the Boston Auto Show

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Jan 2015

Yes, you might be a bit surprised to see a feature about autos on Green With Renvy, but in the big scheme of things, cars represent  one of the most expensive lifestyle purchases we invest in. I’m excited that next week i’ll be acting as an ambassador for Chevrolet and SheBuysCars at the Boston Auto Show and bringing you all the happening  information on the Green Car Scene.

Auto Show
  • Would you’d like to attend? I’m offering a pair {2} of tickets to one lucky New England reader for any day of the show {January 15-19th} . If you’re a car lover, they’ll have over 20 million dollars of vehicles on the floor~including over 100 displayed alternative fuel vehicles demonstrating their use of electricity, diesel, fuel cells and hybrid technologies. Email me by Sunday January 11, 2015, at greenwithrenvy@gmail.com if you’d like to be entered in the random drawing. 
  • Before the show begins, I am one of the invited guest influencers at a design salon where we’ll be  discussing the intersection of inspiration and utility. Would love to hear from you and bring your ideas+questions as consumers to the event. Email me or leave your thoughts in the comments section below. For a design enthusiast like myself, I am excited to be involved in the process.
  • I’ll be attending the event on January 15th-follow along on twitter and instagram for highlights from the show.

Transportation represents 32% of the carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Although it seems like an easy solution-choosing an electric vehicle is better for the environment than it’s gas guzzling neighbor- currently, the topic is a lot more complicated. The critical question is the origin of the electrical power used to charge the car. What many consider the most eco-friendly choice, could actually be contributing large amounts of carbon emissions. ABC News has reported “if electricity is produced by coal, the electric cars produce 3.6 times more soot and smog deaths than gas.” Actually, the ABC report added, “states with the highest percentage of electricity coming from coal, according to the Department of Energy, are West Virginia, Wyoming, Ohio, North Dakota, and Illinois.” Depending on your location and driving habits, Hybrid options appear to be a better solution, as they recycle energy lost during the cars braking and coasting. In the future, as we become less dependent on coal and more electric plants are run on alternative energy sources, the environmental impact of electric cars will decrease across the US, and I believe they will be the most sustainable driving solution.

At the Boston Auto Show, I’ll be able to explore the all new 2015 models of the Chevy Volt, BMWi3, Toyoto Prius Plug In, Spark EV, Cadillac EVR and Toyoto Camry Hybrid. Follow along for the coverage. There certainly seems like there’s never been a better time to consider driving Green.

Disclosure: I am a compensated ambassador for the Boston Auto Show by Chevrolet. As always, thoughts and opinions relating to this post are my own.

  1. I saw so many hybrids during the NY Auto show some 2 years ago.

    The number keeps increasing each year.

    Neat point too about electric cars; keep in mind the source of electricity to make choices you feel comfortable with.

    Enjoy the show!

    Ryan

    • alison says:

      Ryan-Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. While I’m not what you’d call a car fanatic, I am really excited to see the alternative fuel cars on display.

  2. Tim says:

    Hopefully the day when we can all drive in electric cars where the electricity is not generated by coal will be in my lifetime.

  3. Rose says:

    That looks pretty exciting! I’m sure I will be seeing lots more of those in my days to come.

  4. Thinking green when conserning cars and fuel is really complicated. I liked your thoughts on the origin of fuel, but the production prosess of the cars are also important. But the most important is to drive less privat cars and travel with public transport. But I have to admit that being a travel enthusiast travelling with a plane, gives me a little bad feeling.

    • alison says:

      The whole conversation is a complicated one Bente. Much of the transportation issue depends on where you live and how much driving you do. I think it’s important for each person to decide what works for them. We can all be more mindful in every phase of our lives, and I hope I can inspire readers to make small changes in their lifestyle which contribute to the big picture.

  5. Elena says:

    Looks like a great show for the car fans! Unfortunately I am not one of them and have no idea about cars!!!Wouldn’t be able to distinguish any brand or model 🙁

  6. Fun! Looks like a great show. I’d usually take any opportunity to go anywhere but Boston, winter, I’m gonna pass. Enjoy the show and best wishes.

    • alison says:

      I can understand Melody. I’m doing everything in my power to schedule getaways. The show will be a great diversion to see the new technology in autos.

  7. Ale says:

    Last year I had the chance to take part in a project 0 emission in partnership with Toyota! It was so interesting… even if i don’t like cars so much!

  8. You had me at Boston! 🙂 Love that city, maybe not as much in the winter though. This looks rather interesting, I don’t think I have ever been to a show like this so reading what it’s about and your follow ups would be cool.